Once saved always saved!

That’s the question someone wrote about in a blog that came to my attention. I was lead to respond to this article on my blog. But before I get into this man’s article, there are a lot of questions the article brings up. I want to get this clear first. This person most likely has three problems I see most people who believe as he does, has with what the King James Bible teaches us. The first problem I see from the article he wrote is that he is not using a King James Version Bible. Quoting God with some other version Bible is not the word of God! Other versions of the Bible makes for confusion between fellow christians talking about a verse they are both reading in different versions of the Holy Bible. Man has edited Gods Word and made changes he (man) thought was more accurate and acceptable then God Himself! This man argues his point with words God never said. Two, this man is wrong in telling people once saved always saved, and I have a big problem with this false belief. This is what I’ll be getting into in this article. Once again his point is made with words God never said, and this man is interpreting God’s words wrong, or out of context. The third problem this man probably has but he doesn’t say (so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt) is like most who believe in once saved always saved usually don’t believe in the Blood of Christ covering our sins as the only way making it possible for us to get into Heaven. I will get into this as brief as I can, but I know this is very important for us all to know. I have written more on the blood of Christ elsewhere on my blog. I want to stay focused on the belief of once saved always saved here in this article.

I know some of us don’t know what the blood of Christ does. Others don’t believe it, or have some wrong belief on how His blood saves us. Let us start here.

Hebrews 9:22 says, “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission“. I John 1:7 tells us “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

God the Father, in giving us His only begotten Son, also gave us the best cleaning agent there is, the blood of Jesus Christ. It is by the precious blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, that we are cleansed from all of our sins. Revelation 1:5 says, “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.” You see, it is only by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, that we get our sins washed away. John 19:34 says, “But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced His side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.” Jesus shed His blood for us, in His death, when He died on the cruel cross of Calvary. One of the questions I’m asked is how do we come into contact with that cleansing blood, which our Lord shed in his death on the cross, in order to have our sins washed away? Romans 6:3 tells us how. “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?” Since Christ shed His blood in His death at the cross, when a person is baptized into our Lord’s death, it is there that the Holy Spirit will show that person spiritually how to come into contact with the blood of Christ and that person’s sins are then washed away and coveredThis means that you must be baptized, when it is possible, but must have the Holy Spirit dwelling in you.And the most important part is, you must be born of the Spirit, meaning you have the Holy Spirit dwelling in you. John 3:6 “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit.”

There are many differing plans of salvation man has come up with. One of these says all you have to do is “accept Jesus as your personal savior” and then “say the sinner’s prayer” to be saved. Others say you must be sprinkled with water as a baby, or speak in tongues in order to be saved. There is not a verse in the Bible that teaches any of this or anything else that will save us accept the blood of Christ. All of these others are false and become a mockery of God and what He says in the King Jame Bible. But as we are told in Galatians 1:7, “Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.” These perverted invented plans of salvation by man will result in many good people being lost. If people would only read theKing Jame Bible for themselves and learn what Godis saying to us. You would see for yourselves what God requires of you to be saved so you can get to Heaven.

Salvation does not originate with man but with God. The Lord’s salvation is offered to us on His terms, not ours. To refuse the Lord’s terms of salvation is to forfeit eternal life in Heaven, period!

Have you been baptized and are a born again christian? If you are your sins are now covered by the blood of Christ. If you haven’t, then you still have every sin that you have ever committed. Your sins have separated you from God. With your sins you can’t go to Heaven to be with God when you die, but you will have to go to the eternal punishment of Hell where there will be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth forever and ever. After you die the blood of Christ will be of no benefit to you, and Christ’s death for you was in vain. Please for your sake take advantage of Christ having died for you. Only you can do this for yourself.

The article this man wrote is copywritten so I can’t show it here and let you see his words for yourselves, and how he uses scripture in a deceptive and misleading way. He uses some other version of the Bible not the King James Version, which lets him say things God never said. He tells us the meaning of a verse in the Bible and he’s not even close to what most Bible scholars agree that verse really means.

What this leads me to do, is to answer the question with the truth.

The question was put, Once saved always saved, is this the true way of salvation?

Once saved always saved! That is what I so often hear from many Christians today. They most likely are getting this belief from pastors and ministers that are speaking from their pulpits in churches during Sunday service.

Below you will find a few quotes being preached by pastors and ministers who actually believe in once saved always saved.

“Can you unfry an egg? Then, after being saved, you cannot undo it.”

“Once a person is saved are they always saved? Yes, when people come to know Christ as their Savior, they are brought into a relationship with God that guarantees their salvation as eternally secure.”

“No personal breaking of God’s or man’s laws or commandments can nullify our salvation status.”

“The moment a person ‘accepts Jesus,’ his salvation is secured and he faces no risk of ever losing it no matter what he does.”

“Once a person has been converted, all the sins he may commit from idolatry to murder will not make his soul in any more danger, even if he never repents of those sins.”

The question they should be asking is, Can we lose our salvation?

Many people believe the above questions are true, no one can lose salvation once you have it. Once we have accepted Jesus as our personal Savior, is our salvation guaranteed or impossible to lose? Is there no risk of ever losing it? Can we walk away from God at any time and go on living in the world in our own way in open, rebellious sin. Would God let a sinner into Heaven with his sins still with him? Let’s see what the Bible says.

I see most people who believe the above teaching once saved always saved will quote the following Bible verse as proof: Romans 8:38, 39.”For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

This is a wonderful Bible promise that God has given us and it should inspire us all. But does it say once a person is born again, it is impossible for him to lose his way and be lost? In fact, is this verse talking about salvation or eternal life at all? No, this verse is clearly talking about God’s unconditional love towards man, not unconditional salvation. Salvation is conditional! You might also notice that the word “sin” was not included in Romans 8:38-39 which are unable to separate us from the love of God.

If we continue in sin, after we have asked Jesus to be our personal Savior, are we really in a saved relationship, are we converted? Hebrews 10:26.For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins.” In Hebrews 3:12-14 God goes further: “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”

I’m not saying if we sin from time to time we are going to hell! We all sin, from Adam to me and you. I’m talking about the advocate we have with Jesus Christ who forgives all sinners who come to Him. If we are genuinely sorry and repent there is an abundance of forgiveness in Jesus. But! The danger is that by repeatedly yielding to the same temptation a hardening sets in. We are not as sorry as when we first fell into this sin, becoming more and more hardened and finally end up with “an evil hardened, seared heart of unbelief! We lose our confidence. We depart from the living God. We put ourselves outside of His hand, at that point He can not and will not help you.

What was the very first lie recorded in the Bible? It was Satan, speaking through the serpent when he was talking to Eve. Genesis 3:4 “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: “Satan has been deceiving people ever since with this lie. “Once saved always saved”, is another lie from Satan and people have been believing it for years and will be sadly surprised in the judgment.

Satan was the one who promised Adam life in disobedience. And the declaration of the serpent to Eve in Eden was“Ye shall not surely die” this was the first sermon ever preached about the immortality of the soul. Yet this declaration, resting solely upon the authority of Satan, has been echoed from the pulpits of Christian churches for years, and is received by the majority of Christians these days as readily as it was received by Adam and EveIn the words of the prophet Ezekiel in Ezekiel 18:20 “The soul that sinneth, it shall die”. God’s judgment does not recognize fathers and sons, only those who are righteous and those who are wicked.

If God wanted salvation to be once saved always saved then Ezekiel would have spoken God’s words and said “The soul that sinneth, it shall not die, but live eternally.”

cannot but wonder at the strange infatuation which renders men so trusting and willing to believe, concerning the words of Satan and so unbelieving in regard to the words of God!

The people who believe in and teach once saved always saved also use the term “eternal security”. What does the King James Bible have to say about eternal security? Nothing, absolutely nothing because it is not mentioned anywhere in Scripture. Our salvation is safe in Jesus as long as we are in a saved relationship. All of God’s promises are conditional, all of them. God’s love to us is unconditional, but His promises are conditional, meaning, if you do this, He will do this. Let us look at a very simple example.

By these verses in Galatians5:19-21 “19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

You can see in these verses that a murderer, idolater, fornicator, etc. will not enter the kingdom of God. So if someone was at one time in a saved relationship with God and then turned their back on God by going back to their old ways, they will not enter the kingdom of God. Plain and simple. It doesn’t mean they cannot return to God, but if they remain unfaithful to God and go back to their old sins and never repent before they die, they will be lost. I don’t see any eternal security here, do you?

Here is another simple example of conditional promises from God in Jesus’ own words. John 3:5 “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”

From this verse you can see that in order to enter the kingdom of God, you must be born of the water and the Spirit. This means that you must be baptized, when it is possible and must have the Holy Spirit dwelling in you. Now we know the thief on the cross was not baptized, but Jesus assured him he would be in paradise that day. So you see it was not possible for him to be baptized, but he was saved. And the most important part is, you must be born of the Spirit, meaning you have the Holy Spirit dwelling in you. Now if a person who has once accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and was baptized, but years later leaves the church and goes back into the world and turns their back on God, will that person be saved? Not according to Scripture. Of course if they return to God, they will come back into salvation, but if they live like Satan himself, and do not have the Holy Spirit dwelling in their heart, they will be lost. There is no eternal security here either.

Let me challenge you by reading the following Bible verses regarding eternal life and see if you don’t agree. And remember, we are not talking about an occasional misdeed or occasional sin in a sincere Christian’s life. We are talking about a person that is living in open rebelliousness against God. A person that is living like Satan himself. A person who has turned his back on God, the church, etc. and has gone back to his old ways before he accepted Christ as his personal Savior. Will that person be in heaven if he has un-confessed or un-forsaken sin in his life, even though at one time, he had a saving, loving relationship with God? Also, most people that believe in once saved always saved say, “well that person was never saved in the first place.” Well, only God knows that, only God can see their heart, and who are we to judge and say, “that person was never saved in the first place?”

Matthew 5:3. “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”.

Matthew 5:5 “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”.

Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”.

Matthew 5:20 “For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.”.

Matthew 7:21″Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”

Matthew 10:22 “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.”

Matthew 18:3 “And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 24:13 “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”

Mark 16:16 “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”

Luke 9:62 “And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”.

Luke 10:25-28 “And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.”

John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

John 3:5 “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”

John 3:16“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

John 5:24“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”

John 6:47 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.”

John 6:54 “Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

John 15:6 “If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.”

John 12:24, 25 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.”

Acts 2:21 “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Romans 2:13 “For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.”

Romans 10:9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

Galatians 5:19-23 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”

1Timothy 4:1 “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;”

2 Timothy 4:8 “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

Hebrews 5:8, 9 “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; and being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;”

Hebrews 6:4-6 “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.”

Hebrews 10:26 “For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins.”

Hebrews 3:13,14 “But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;”

James 1:12 “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”

James 2:5 “Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?”

1 Peter 4:17, 18 “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?”

2 Peter 2:21,22 “For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb. The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

1 John 5:11, 12 “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”

Jude 1:21 “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”

Revelation 2:5 “Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works: or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

Revelation 2:7 “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.”

Revelation 2:10 “…be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”

Revelation 2:11 “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.”

Revelation 3:5 “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.”

Revelation 17:8 “The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.”

Revelation 3:11 “Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.”

Revelation 3:21 “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.”

Revelation 21:7 “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.”

Revelation 22:12 “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”

Revelation 22:14″Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”

Revelation 22:19 “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

Ezekiel 18:4 “Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.”

There are no shortcuts to salvation and no guarantees, just hard work and faith in God and His Word.

The above verses show beyond a shadow of a doubt that we can lose our salvation. It is there in black and white and sometimes in red, in the King James Bible. All of God’s promises in the King James Bible are conditional. If we are going to spend eternity with Jesus and His Father, we must be born again, meek, love Him, pure in heart, converted, baptized, born of the water and the spirit and covered by the blood of Christ, do the will of our Father, obey His commandments, be an overcomer, be obedient, endureth temptation, etc. There are no shortcuts to heaven. If there were, Jesus would not have had to come to this earth, and die for us. We can trace all of the misery and suffering in the world today back to two people’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden. If God were to take one unrepentant sinner to heaven with Him, sin would rise up again, would you want that!

Did you notice in Revelation 3:5 “ He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before His angels” you see it says that unless you are an overcomer, Jesus will blot your name out of the book of life. The book of life contains the names of all who have ever entered the service of God. Jesus bade His disciples, “Rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:20. Paul speaks of his faithful fellow workers, “Whose names are in the book of life.”Also notice in Revelation 17:8 “ The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is” that our names are not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, as many people falsely believe.

Let’s look at a part of Jesus’ parable of the Sower, and see what it teaches us. In explaining the seeds which fell among the thorns and the rocks, Jesus said, Luke 8:12-13 “Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.”

There are several things to note about this parable. First, only one group will finally be saved – the group who brought forth much fruit. The groups represented by the wayside and rocks will not be saved. In verse 12, the wayside hearers did not have a chance to “believe and be saved,” but in the next verse the stony ground hearers do “for a while believe.” What kind of “believing” is this? According to verse 12, it is the kind that saves. So the ones who believed for a while were saved for a while, but in time of temptation they fell away. Eventually, of course, they were lost along with all the others, except the fruit-bearers. Here is an unequivocal teaching of our Lord that people can have a saving faith for a while, and yet lose it and be lost. Look below in Luke 8:4-18.

4 And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable:

5 A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.

6 And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.

7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.

8 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

9 And his disciples asked him, saying, “What might this parable be?”

10 And he said, “Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.”

11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.

14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

16 No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.

17 For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.

18 Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.”

Salvation is Only for Those Whose Faith is Eternally Fixed on Jesus.

In Luke 12:42-46 Christ described in another parable how a faithful servant could turn into an unfaithful one. After asking, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household?” Jesus answers His own question: Luke 12:42-46 “And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all he hath. But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; The lord of that servant come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. “

Here is a perfect example by the Master Teacher as to how a faithful and wise servant can be punished with the unbelievers. Jesus was talking about a man whom he had been faithful enough to trust with heavy responsibilities. Undoubtedly, this servant represents those who carefully served the Lord as true believers. But what happened? That very faithful servant departed from the path of faithfulness and reaped eternal ruin and death. Does this not also remind us of the words of Hebrews 10:38, “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.” The servant in the parable, who was a believer, is now punished with the unbelievers. The faithful can draw back to perdition.

Salvation can be forfeited, you and I can lose salvation!

One more parable of Christ spotlights the fact that continued forgiveness is conditional for the believer. The story is found in Matthew 18:21-35, When Peter came to Jesus and asked Him how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times? The parable revolves around the forgiveness of God. A certain king responded to the pleas of his servant and forgave him a large debt. That servant went out and found a fellow servant who owed him a small amount and showed no mercy, throwing him in prison because he could not pay. When the king heard what had happened, he rescinded his cancellation of the large debt and had his servant thrown to the tormentors till he paid in full.

No one can deny the obvious teaching of this parable. Even though God graciously forgives those who apply for it, that forgiveness is not without conditions for the future. We can lose that forgiveness by being unmerciful to others. This is in harmony with the words of the Lord in Ezekiel 33:13, “When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it.” The principle is repeated in verse 18, “When the righteous turneth from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, he shall even die thereby.

The secret here is in maintaining the righteous relationship with the Source of salvation. Jesus said in, Matthew 24:13 “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” Those who do not endure to the end will have their names blotted out of the book of life. Advocates of eternal security deny it could ever happen, but read the frightening possibility for yourself in Revelation 3:5, “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before His angels.”

Here is something to consider.

Most people never give this a thought. But according to scripture, Isaiah 14:12-15, “How art thou fallen from Heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into Heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, the sides of the pit.” Satan lived in heaven as a perfect angel with God and then became jealous of God and plotted against Him, and was cast out of Heaven to rule onearth. He then will eventually be cast into the lake of fire according to Revelation 20:10, and will be lost for eternity. So my question is, what gives us, mere mortal, sinful man the right to think that our salvation is eternally secure and that there is nothing we can do to lose our salvation and be lost, when one of God’s Holy angels, who rebelled against God, will be lost? Something to seriously think about.

Here is some of the damage someone can do to themselves spiritually if they go on believing once saved always saved.

1) Since we are ‘saved’, we can do what we want. It doesn’t matter what kind of sin we commit. We are still going to go to heaven.

2) We do not need to worry about helping our brothers and sisters remain faithful. “Hey, if they are saved, they will remain saved. We do not need to be our brother’s keeper.”

3) We can ignore all the Scriptures warning us to persevere to the very end. We don’t need to persevere because if we are saved, we will remain saved.

4) Believing we are once saved always saved, wfall into a false sense of security.

5) We never really know in fact if we are saved or not because we never had the Holy Spirit to tell us we were headed into trouble in the first place.

In conclusion, according to the above Bible verses, obedience most certainly does affect our salvation and you can lose it. I guess my point in all of this is this, if you have lost your first love and have left the church and God and are living in the world, then maybe you need to stop and ask yourself this most important question. Am I saved? Am I born again? Am I on the pathway to heaven, or hellAm I just fooling myself.

Matthew 7:13,14 “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”.

Before you write this article off as false theology, go back and read the verses from the King James Bible one more time and pray about it and ask God for the Holy Spirit to lead you to the truth and if you are truly honest with yourself and God, you will see the beauty and truth of this most important subject… God Bless.

All Glory to God

His humble servant Lee M Buchanan